LAKELAND, Fla. (April 7, 2017) – Rollins blasted five home runs and handed 10th-ranked Florida Southern an 11-9 loss on Friday night in Lakeland. The Tars ended the Mocs 17-game win streak and picked up a signature win in the Sunshine State Conference schedule.

The game opened a three-game weekend series between the Tars and the Mocs. They will meet at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 for a doubleheader.

Brian Brooker led Rollins, (19-13, 4-6 SSC) hitting 3-5 with a home run, a double, and a RBI. Peter Nicoletto continued right where he left off last weekend, going 2-4 on the night with a pair of homers and five RBI’s. Nick Breen and Christopher Corbett also hit one home run each on the evening, and both drove in two runs.

Austin Mauer and Mitch Reeves paced FSC (25-7, 6-4 SSC) offensively. Both went 2-5 at the plate, Mauer hit a home run, a double, and knocked in two runs. Reeves hit a home run as well, good for a RBI on the night.  

AJ Chacon started on the mound for the Tars, pitching 4.2 innings, giving up six hits and nine runs, seven were earned. Chacon also had eight strikeouts. Caleb Jakes picked up the win in relief, his fourth win of the year. Joey Vecchione closed off the win and earned his seventh save of the season.  

Logan Browning got the nod for the start against the Tars line-up. He pitched 4.1 innings, and gave up eight hits, as well as eight runs. All eight runs were earned, Browning also dished out four strikeouts. Mitch McCarthy picked up his first loss of the season for the Mocs.   

HOW IT HAPPENED:
• The Tars wasted no time getting on the board behind a pair of solo home runs from Nick Breen and Brian Brooker.
• Another home run for the Tars in the top of the 2nd, as Nicoletto hit a three shot over the right field fence giving them a 5-0 lead over the Mocs.
• The Mocs wouldn’t go quietly as they had a monster 2nd inning, putting up five runs and tying the score, 5-5
• Rollins would fall behind in the bottom of the third, but scored two runs of their own in the top of the fourth behind a Breen single, which brought home Billy Lamm, and Nicoletto made it to third base. Nicoletto would then score on a wild pitch.  
• A Nicoletto two run home run in the top of the sixth gave the Tars a slight lead, 10-9
• The Tars put up one more run in the top of the ninth to cushion their lead over the Mocs, as Corbett doubled to left field and brought Grant Ashline home for an 11-9 advantage.

NOTES:
• Florida Southern still leads all time series vs. Rollins, 146-78
• Rollins improves to 3-3 on the road this season.
• The Tars hit a combined five home runs on the night
• Both teams committed only one error on the night
Peter Nicoletto remains tied atop the Tars all-time triples list with 18. After the big night against FSC, he is sixth in the league in home runs (9) and seventh in RBI’s (34).   

NEXT:
The Tars and the Mocs will meet again to play a double header on Saturday, April 8 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Fans can follow all the action live on the Geico Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.